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Multifamily Housing

What Is Multifamily Housing? 

Multifamily Housing projects provide project-based assistance (also known as Section 8 New Construction), financed by the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority (WHEDA), with funding provided by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Multifamily Housing offers affordable apartments, centrally located in the City of Madison, with the following HUD designations:

  • Barrier-Free, wheelchair accessible units for the physically disabled

  • Elderly or disabled designation

  • Two- or three-bedroom family units

Who is Eligible for CDA Multifamily Housing?

Multifamily Housing is limited to low-income families and individuals. The CDA determines your eligibility based on:

  • Annual gross income;

  • Whether you qualify as elderly, a person with a disability, or as a family; and

  • U.S. citizenship or eligible immigration status.

The CDA will also check your references, examine your credit history, and conduct a complete criminal background check to make sure you and your family will be good tenants. The CDA will deny admission to any applicant whose habits and practices may be expected to have a detrimental effect on other tenants or on the project’s environment.

Reasons for denial may include, but are not limited, to:

  • State sex offender registration requirement

  • Previous eviction from federally subsidized housing

  • Illegal use of drugs

  • History of alcohol abuse that interferes with the right to peaceful enjoyment of the premises by others

  • Drug-related criminal activity

  • Criminal activity

  • Inability to meet financial obligations, including rent

  • Eviction filings and judgments

  • Negative behavior and a record of disturbances to neighbors

  • Lease violations

  • Poor housekeeping habits

  • Debts to any federal Housing Authority

  • Owing money to a landlord

  • Failure to disclose Social Security numbers for all family members

  • Failure to sign required consent forms

How Is Rent Determined?


Rent is based on your family’s anticipated gross annual income. Residents pay 30% of their income, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pays the rest.

Listed below are income limits for the CDA's Multifamily Housing Program (effective 12/18/2013):

1 Person $44,750
2 Persons $51,150
3 Persons $57,550
4 Persons $63,900
5 Persons $69,050
6 Persons $74,150
7 Persons $79,250
8 Persons $84,350

How Do I Apply?

Currently the CDA is ONLY taking applications for the following:

Karabis Apartments

  • Two-and Three-Bedroom wheelchair accessible

Parkside Apartments

  • One-Bedroom Elderly (62 years of age or older)
  • One-Bedroom Disabled
  • One- and Two-Bedroom wheelchair accessible

For more information or to obtain an application, please call (608) 266-4675.

Multifamily Housing Wait Times

Effective 4/15/2014

Parkside Apartments and Townhouses

Parkside Apartments is designated for those who are 62 years of age or older (elderly) and for those who are disabled. Parkside Townhouses consist of two- and three-bedroom family units and have no designation.

Estimated wait times:

  • 1-Bedroom Unit (Disabled) = 9-12 Months
  • 1-Bedroom Unit (62 years of age or older) = 9-12 Months
  • 2-Bedroom Unit = 1-2 Years
  • 3-Bedroom Unit = 3+ Years

Karabis Apartments

Karabis Apartments is designated as housing for disabled families or persons with disabilities who have mobility impairments and require the special features of an accessible unit.

Estimated wait times:

  • 1-Bedroom Barrier-free Unit (Physically Disabled Designation) = 2-3 years
  • 2-Bedroom Barrier-free Unit (Physically Disabled Designation) = 1-2 years
  • 3-Bedroom Barrier-free Unit (Physically Disabled Designation) = 2-3 years
The above wait times are most accurate if city preference has been verified. Wait times are driven by vacancies and are estimated based on previous vacancy rates.

These estimated wait times are most accurate for applicants who provide documentation that they live, work, or go to school in the City of Madison.  Applicants will be notified by mail when the CDA is ready to screen their application.

Waiting list applicants are required to report changes, in writing, of mailing address, phone number, gross monthly income, and family composition.


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